District Adding Security Upgrades In Buildings

District Adding Security Upgrades In Buildings Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) – Students and parents in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School District can feel safer after the district finishes installing security upgrades in every building.

Superintendent Aaron Sinclair gave KNSI News an idea of what is getting done.

“Ranging from upgrading our entrances to additional security cameras a new visitor management system, all that work is going on right now.”

The total cost of the project is around $4.4 million. Four million dollars is coming from the school’s general fund and $400,000 from the state.

The security upgrades were in the last two failed school referendums, and the Superintendent said they couldn’t wait any longer.

“As a district, we felt those are items that couldn’t wait, and they were things that we could take on out of the general fund at this point. Our kids at every building deserve the same level of safety and security.”

Most of the upgrades will be finished by the start of the school year and the rest shortly after.

Law enforcement also conducted a school shooting training drill at the high school last week and has another training scheduled for Wednesday.

Residents in the district are being asked to go to the polls on November 5th to vote on a nearly $34 million plan to rebuild Pleasantview Elementary on the same property as the current building.

Four of the school’s classrooms were left unusable after a fire last January.

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